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Welcome to Circle's quarterly external newsletter. Here you will find an overview of some of the latest happenings at Circle, as well as finding out information about upcoming events. 

SASW Awards Success!

The Scottish Association of Social Work Awards were a huge success for Circle, with two of our Family Support Workers winning awards! Pete Cloke was awarded Social Worker of the YearSylvia Sword was awarded Practice Teacher of the Year.  It was uplifting to hear so much positive feedback on how well our Circle staff have done from colleagues, academics and government. An absolutely fantastic achievement, we are all so proud of both Pete and Sylvia! They are pictured above with Aileen Campbell, Scottish Government Minister for Children and Young People.

Edinburgh & Lothian Health Foundation Funding Secured

Circle's West Lothian Project was successful in securing a year's funding from Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation for the development of our services supporting families to improve their mental health and emotional well-being. Pictured above are participants at the end of the Living Life to the Full course, recently co-delivered with our partners from West Lothian Drug & Alcohol Service. Read more...

Success at Addiewell Seminar: Celebrating the difference a great dad can make!

Circle’s FABI team in partnership with HMP Addiewell & Families Outside organised a Year of the Dad seminar in February. Read more...

Scripture Union & Prison Fellowship Partnership Continues

Circle's exciting collaboration with Scripture Union and Prison Fellowship is now in its fifth year. 35 of Circle's staff visited Scripture Union at their Lendrick Muir site in March, strengthening our partnership and seeking to enhance the opportunities for the children, young people and families we support. Read more about the difference these residential holidays have made for families supported by Circle.

Spring Staff Development Day

Our spring Staff Development Day centred around Year of the Dad. Read more...
Year of the Dad Conference
Circle was delighted to attend the Year of the Dad conference in Edinburgh in February. Great conversations took place in celebrating and validating the important role of dads!

New Advisory Panel Members Appointed

Circle is delighted to welcome three new members to its Advisory Panel: David Liddell, Dr Jacqueline Mok and Dona Milne. You can read about the particular skills and experience that they bring to Circle on our website.

Easter bunny visits Circle

A massive thank you to our friends at Tunnock's for their generous donation of Easter eggs! Circle's FABI & Lanarkshire Teams were delighted to give these to the families they support.

Upcoming event: Shifting the Curve

A joint event between Circle and the Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing & Protection. Presentation from Naomi Eisenstadt on how voluntary sector organisations and our statutory partners can work more effectively together to support and take forward the recommendations made in "Shifting the Curve".
Date: 11 May 2016 Time: 10:00 to 12:00. Book your free ticket here

Easter Family Fun at Circle

Circle hosted a huge variety of activities for children & families across our projects during the Easter holidays. This included trips to local attractions, family excursions and family holidays. Read more...

Antarctica record chaser completes training expedition

Congratulations to Jen Crook on completing her expedition up the length of Scotland, walking from Gretna Green to Cape Wrath. Circle staff were delighted to join her along the way! Read more...

Powerful feedback from Intersect - NHS Leadership Academy

Intersect brings health, social and public services together with local government and the third sector for the benefit of the people we help everyday. Intersect programme participants met with staff from Circle's East Lothian and Haven Projects. They also met with families supported by Circle's Haven Project. Thanks to NHS Leadership Academy for their extremely positive feedback. It was a pleasure to have you with us, we also found you inspiring! Read feedback here.

'Becoming Dad' feature in PINS 

Circle's 'Becoming Dad' group is run in collaboration with PrePare & Stepping Stones. The fathers group recently featured in Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland's (PINS) launch of PINS: 10 things we do to make a difference. The publication celebrates & shares the educational work of 3rd sector agencies. Click here to read about our family-centred approach.

Circle Hosts Senior Policing Strategic Command Course

Circle’s FABI & Harbour Teams were delighted to facilitate shadowing visits for four candidates on this course in February. This is the most Senior Policing Course in the UK. Read more...

Circle & Sunflower Garden secure funding

Circle's Harbour Project & CrossReach's Sunflower Garden Project were successful in securing the tender to provide support for children affected by parental substance use in Edinburgh. Read more...

FABI Team at Women & Criminal Justice Event

Circle’s FABI team facilitated one of the workshops at a Women & Criminal Justice Event hosted in March. Read more...

Diary of a Circle Family Support Worker

Our latest entry gives an insight into the valuable, varied support Circle Family Support Workers provide. Read here

Warm welcome to new students!

We would like to welcome our new students. We hope they will enjoy their time with us and embrace the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through their interactions with both staff and service users. 

Staff Changes

We've had a busy turnover of staff in recent months. We wish all departing staff well with their future careers and warmly welcome all new starts to the various projects. 

Best wishes from all at Circle.

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Thank you for your continued support.

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